- The X Factor is presently relegated to the dustbin of TV history.
- Cowell is supposed to be delivering his internal Jeremy Clarkson with a motoring show.
Simon Cowell and Jeremy Clarkson. Sneery Si and shouty Jezza. Together they straddled 00s early evening, the father jeaned exemplification of an emotional meltdown. Presently the horrendously haired pair appear to transform into a kind of two-headed televisual beast. Haven’t we sufficiently experienced?
You could nearly hear a country’s eyes moving as one at the news that Simon Cowell is planning to dispatch another motoring show. As indicated by the sensationalist newspapers, The Karaoke Sauron (copyright Marina Hyde) is fostering an adversary to the BBC’s long-running Top Gear.
He’s supposed to be “peering toward up expected makers and ability”. At the end of the day, Amanda Holden and Louis Walsh better nip down to Halfords for some cross-section upheld driving gloves.
Judges Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne, Alesha Dixon and Simon Cowell on The X Factor in 2017.
Cowell has time on his shaggy hands as of now. The X Factor turned into The Ax Factor last month and not before time. Nowadays, punters lean toward kinder, cuddlier ability shows like Bake Off and Strictly, or imported South Korean high-ideas like The Masked Singer and I Can See Your Voice. Why sit around idly booing sad youngsters when you could watch Joss Stone take on the appearance of a 7ft hotdog?
Sister shows Britain’s Got Talent is just about holding tight in there, on account of explored assortment turns and abroad demonstrations. Its more critical freakshow components are raised by the lighter, wittier bit of Ant, Dec and David Walliams.
Nonetheless, the point-and-pisstake mercilessness of The X Factor was clearly beyond its sell-by date … like inefficient supercars and superfluous travel.
One of the universal newspaper “sources” (conceivably Sinitta putting on an entertaining voice) said: “Simon is a tremendous vehicle sweetheart and a motoring show is something he’s constantly been keen on doing. At present, [it feels like there is] a particularly enormous craving.”
Is there truly? Indeed, even Clarkson has implicitly recognized that the period of full speed ahead motoring programs is finished. His post-Top Gear project for Amazon, The Grand Tour, has been choked back to half-yearly travel specials.
He invests more energy these days rehearsing his strain building stops on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, while his provincial docuseries Clarkson’s Farm got much more buzz than his tired old petrolhead shenanigans. Post-pandemic watchers are more intrigued by Clarkson slipping on a cowpat than shouting about processions and grisly outsiders.